Elian Gonzales pic already has takers

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CANNES — Menahem Golan is in Cannes this year with a new company, a new slate of pics and a new attitude.

The legendary force behind such pics as “Death Wish,” “Delta Force” and “Raid on Entebbe,” has created Film World, which he dubs “A world of new films for the new millennium.”

Golan has continued to create an array of films, everything from sex comedies to martial arts pics to dramatic family affairs.

He will continue to plumb the headlines of the world for some of his pics. This year, he’s turning the saga of Elian Gonzales — the six-year-old Cuban boy who survived a dangerous boat trip from Cuba to the U.S. only to become the political hot potato between the two disputing nations — into a film. Golan calls it “one of the most dramatic stories.”

He says the company has already sold nine territories on the Gonzales story, including Germany.

Others pics on the slate are:

  • “Crime and Punishment,” an adaptation of the Dostoyevsky novel, which Golan calls “the second bestselling book in the world after the Bible.” Vanessa Redgrave, John Hurt and Margot Kidder star. MGM has the domestic on the pic; Golan is selling foreign in Cannes. Pic was shot in Moscow under Golan’s direction.

  • “Death Game,” starring Sean Young and Michael Dudikoff from a screenplay by Timothy White. Pic is a take-off on Golan’s successful “Death Wish” series.

  • A remake of “M,” with Eric Roberts starring, directed by Jerry Schatzberg.

  • “The Wooden Dish,” starring Martin Landau and Sean Young. Pic is based on Edmond Morris’ play about an aging man who is arguing with his family to stay out of a nursing home.

  • “Kumite,” a martial arts thriller starring Olivier Grunner.

  • “Days of Love,” directed by Eitan Dotan and described as being about “series about youth, sex and a lot of fun.”
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